One of many mid-century Catholic schools in the Bronx, St. Anthansius stands out due to its connection with a former mayor of New York City. Mayor Robert Wagner laid the cornerstone of the school himself on September 26, 1965. Wagner had grown up with the priest overseeing the new building, a Monsignor O’Brien. Wagner’s wife, Susan, had died the previous year and he also dedicated a chapel in her name inside the school.
The school was built to hold 675 students and is fairly standard for a mid-60’s Catholic school. I’m not sure of the architect; it could have been one the Diocese favorites like George Sole or William Boegel, but there were also many smaller firms doing similar work at this time.